Lopez-Kambosos now focused for Center East


The unending saga to discover a new date and placement for Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos marches on.

Triller co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh instructed ESPN on Saturday he’s planning to stage the rescheduled undisputed light-weight championship struggle in October within the Center East.

“We’re at present working with the regulatory our bodies to carry this struggle to Saudi [Arabia] or UAE [United Arab Emirates] in October,” Kavanaugh mentioned. “We predict it is the proper place for such a landmark struggle.”

Triller hoped to stage the struggle on Oct. 17 in Sydney, however Lopez balked on the 14-day quarantine mandated by the Australian authorities. The disagreement led to an IBF ruling, handed down Monday, that Triller should stage the struggle in a location that does not require a quarantine.

The New Jersey-based sanctioning physique additionally gave Triller till Oct. 17 to carry the struggle; contracts are due by Aug. 24.

“Cannot wait to see the small print,” Lopez’s supervisor, David McWater, instructed ESPN when knowledgeable of Triller’s Center East plan. “We have been at all times prepared to go wherever we did not need to quarantine.”

Within the occasion Triller fails to submit contracts by Aug. 24, the rights to the struggle will revert to the next-highest bidder at February’s public sale. That may be Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom, which bid $3.506 million. Lopez’s promoter, High Rank, got here in third at $2.315 million. Triller gained the rights with a bid of $6.018 million.

The matchup was initially set for June 19 in Miami, the place Lopez grew up, however he examined optimistic for COVID-19 weeks earlier than the struggle.

“He feels nice,” McWater mentioned. “He is been coaching.”

Lopez, ESPN’s No. 5 pound-for-pound boxer, unified all 4 135-pound titles with a majority determination victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko in October. The 24-year-old was ordered by the IBF to face Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) subsequent, however Lopez and High Rank could not agree on cash. That led to the public sale, the place Triller devoured up the rights.

Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) is about to earn a career-high $3.912 million; he made $1.35 million for the Lomachenko bout.

Kambosos, ESPN’s No. 9 light-weight, will earn $2.106 million, additionally a profession excessive. The 28-year-old Australian fighter turned the IBF’s No. 1 contender with a cut up determination win over Lee Selby in October.

Earlier that month, Lopez added three extra titles to his assortment together with his win over Lomachenko. He gained his first title with a second-round KO of Richard Commey in December 2019.

Now, Lopez seems to be inching nearer to the primary protection of his undisputed light-weight crown.

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